KENYAN HIGH SCHOOL DROPOUT TURNED MILLIONAIRE AND AUTHOR

When you step into his office that doubles up as a store in Upper Hill, Nairobi, the book Imitation is Limitation by John Mason, greets you. On the side is a pile of papers, a cheque book, and government local service orders (LSO). In the pile is a document from the Ministry of Roads that gives the […]

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MEET SUZIE WOKABI, BUILDING HER AFRICAN COSMETICS COMPANY

What has changed since we last talked? We received the funding we were looking for from two investment groups that gave us 6 million shillings (US$71,000) and Chase Bank, a local bank, which gave us 10 million shillings ($118,000). We launched in December 2011 and received the first shipment of SB products in March 2012. […]

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MEET SIMON GICHARU – FOUNDER MOUNT KENYA UNIVERSITY

Simon Gicharu, founder and chairman, Mount Kenya University (MKU) 1. What was your first job? My first job was teaching. 2. Who has had the biggest impact on your career and why? That would be the person who sacked me. If I had not been fired from teaching I would probably still be in my […]

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HOW TO DEVELOP KENYA BY ACTIVELY ENGAGING THE DIASPORA

While there is no accurate figure on the number of Kenyans living in the diaspora, it is estimated that this could be close to three million. This forgotten constituency can play a big role in Kenya’s development if the incoming administration extends its hand to engage them. However, with no clearly defined diaspora policy in […]

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TWO KENYANS MAKE LIST OF AFRICA’S TOP YOUNG GLOBAL LEADERS

The YGLs will join and co-create a community of insight and action that is committed to improving the state of the world. 21 young Africans made the prestigious  list of  Young Global Leaders 2013. Solomon Assefa, Research Scientist IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Center (Ethiopia) Dr. Solomon Assefa is a member of IEEE, OSA, and APS. He […]

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NINE IDEAS ON HOW TO BE SUCCESSFUL IN BUSINESS

Architect John Kithaka began his journey in business immediately after high school at age 18. A small farming venture in his rural Kenyan hometown with US$70 as capital from pocket money his parents gave him, built his foundation in business. Today, at 40, Kithaka is the CEO and founding member of the Fountain Enterprise Programme […]

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FROM UN JOB TO MEALS ON WHEELS | MEET MAMA MEALS

How did you start Mama Meals on Wheels? I am a public health specialist by profession and my area of focus is maternal health. I used to work with the United Nations and when my children were all grown up, I didn’t feel the need to continue doing the tours of duty. I decided to […]

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NAIROBI SECOND MOST EXPENSIVE CITY IN AFRICA

A steep rise in the cost of living has pushed Nairobi up the list of Africa’s most expensive cities and diluted the quality of life for its residents, a newly published report indicates. The Kenyan capital is now ranked Africa’s second most expensive city after Nigeria’s Lagos, putting to test its ability to attract foreign […]

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US FAST FOOD CHAIN – SUBWAY SET TO OPEN FIRST OUTLET IN KENYA

US-based restaurant chain Subway is set to open its first Kenyan outlet at The Junction Mall in August to tap into growing demand for eating joints by an expanding middle class. The company, which has franchised about 39,000 stores worldwide, is seeking additional locations in the central business district, Westlands, Kilimani, Gigiri and Upperhill. Subway […]

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MEET TIM RIMBUI FOUNDER ENNOVATOR MUSIC

Award winning music producer and engineer Tim Rimbui is the founder and COO of Ennovator Music, a Nairobi-based recording studio and production company, which has worked with leading African artists like Eric Wainaina and international record companies. How we made it in Africa’s Dinfin Mulupi caught up with Rimbui to discuss the opportunities and challenges in the […]

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MEET IMAN: SOMALI’S BEST KNOWN EXPORT WORTH $25 MILLION

 Iman Mohamed Abdulmajid, known professionally just as Iman, is often referred to as Somalia’s most famous export.  Born in Mogadishu in 1955, she has gone on to become a world-renowned high-fashion supermodel, and has set up her own cosmetics business and clothing line.  She now boasts a net worth of $25 million. Iman was studying […]

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MICHELLE OBAMA SPOTS FAB DESIGNS BY NIGERIAN DURO OLOWU

Michelle Obama has been spotting some fab looks from Nigerian designer, Duro Olowu. She has also rocked some beautiful pieces from ASOS’ Africa fair trade collection, which is made in Mombasa and is dedicated to creating jobs and helping underprivileged communities in Kenya. She was recently spotted in one of Duro Olowu’s fab colorful print […]

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7 WOMEN TO WATCH IN KENYAN FILM AND TV INDUSTRY

Kenya has an abundance of talent, especially in the film and television industry. We feature seven rising young stars who are doing us proud. The TRUE LOVE team takes a closer look. These women are: Lupita Nyong’o, Angel Waruinge, Joy Kendi, Liz Njagah, Alison Ngibuini, Natasha Likimani and Carol Nguta LUPITA NYONG’O, 20s ACTRESS / […]

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